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About Wichita Mountains:

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (WMWR) is one of more than 500 National Wildlife Refuges managed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the purposes of preserving native American wildlife. Originally set aside in 1901 as the Wichita Forest Reserve by President William McKinley, the WMWR was renamed in 1905 by Theodore Roosevelt as the Wichita Game Preserve. On June 4, 1936, Congress officially designated this unique area the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

The WMWR is located in southwest Oklahoma and covers an area of more than 59,000 acres. The remarkable landscape is dominated by rugged granite mountains, oak forests, and mixed grass prairies. These unspoiled lands provide excellent habitat and protection for herds of bison and elk, and for numerous other native and migratory species. The preservation of this valuable system of grasslands and prairie herds is the purpose of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

As one of only a few granite climbing areas in this part of the country, the WMWR has an established climbing history dating back more than 50 years. One of the earliest known technical ascents at the WMWR took place in the 1940's with the first ascent of the route Great Expectations on Elk Slab in the Charons Garden Wilderness Area. Today, hundreds of quality routes in the 5.6 to 5.13 difficulty range have been established at the WMWR. A majority of these were done in traditional, ground-up style. And, while there have been a few "sport" type routes developed at several areas over the last fifteen years, the WMWR remains predominantly a traditional climbing area.

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (WMWR) is one of the finest rock climbing areas in the southwest. The WMWR's high-quality granite and wilderness setting provide outstanding opportunities for vertical adventures. Thousands of climbing enthusiasts visit the WMWR each year to experience the exceptional climbing found at Mt. Scott, the Narrows, Elk Mountain, Crab Eyes, Lost Dome and other classic sites.

Please respect this area, and the wildlife in it. Pack out any trash you see, whether or not you put it there.

Camping and Food

Camping(with showers and bathrooms) is available in the Doris Campground, located approximately 1 mile west of the Visitor's Center. Camping is about $6 a night. Doris gate closes at 10pm during the summer, and 8pm during the winter.

More Camping is availabe at the City of Lawton campground located on the east shoreline of Lake Lawtonka. It is usually a dollar less than whatever doris is charging, and allows beers, firewood chopping, and gun toting. It also has water, bathrooms, and showers. From the intersection of Highway 49 and 58, just east of Medicine Park, take Highway 58 about three miles north to the campground.

For a good meal, take Hwy. 115 north to the town of Meers, Oklahoma. Meers is basically just a restaurant that serves the WORLD FAMOUS "Meersburger," a 7 inch diameter hunk of longhorn beef that comes on its own plate, divided into fourths.

For a better meal, swing a right at meers, and head down till the road ends, on the otherside of the highway will be Ann's Country Kitchen. For about 4$ you can get a cinammon roll the size of your head. Dinner specials are of good quality and large portions, and run about 7$ after tip/tax/drink.

Also try the Riverside Cafe in Medicine Park (just south of the swimming hole). Its good food and Frisbie and Wilson have been playing there live every Saturday night outside on the patio

For swimming after a hot day in the granite wilderness, try the public swimming area in Medicine Park or Lake Lawtonka.

Refuge map

Nearest town or city: Lawton

From Dallas-take US Hwy 287 north to Wichita Falls, and I-44 north to Lawton. In Lawton, take Hwy 62 west through town. About 9 miles out of town is Hwy 115. Take 115 north four miles and you are at the Refuge. Or you could just drive on I-44 to Hwy 49 (exit 45) and head west to the Refuge.

From Oklahoma City-Take I-44 West toward Lawton. This is a toll road. Take the Medicine Park exit(Hwy 49). Head west to the Refuge.

Latitude, Longitude: 34.71057, -98.62272
Access Issues:
Camping: Pay
When to Climb:
Quantity of Climbs: Lifetime


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Forum Discussions (See all 23 posts )

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
With Replies New climbers at WM KoDeeJo 3 Feb 14 2013, 1:18 PM
With Replies Bouldering in Wichita dadengcrew 3 Jan 12 2013, 1:57 AM
With Replies Wanting to climb on 9/15 & 9/16 paradigm 1 Sep 05 2012, 2:30 AM
With Replies Great day Gatorguy 2 Jan 14 2012, 7:35 PM
With Replies Planning a this area bolted? mooreoutdoors88 6 Nov 07 2011, 5:46 PM
With Replies Climbing all over WMWR this year ipascoe 1 May 02 2011, 1:18 PM
With Replies Looking for someone to climb with in the Wichita Mountains A11jag 2 Apr 20 2011, 12:33 AM
With Replies Toprope bassbuddy007 1 Nov 10 2010, 1:25 PM
No Replies witchita bouldering Trevor11 0 Sep 21 2010, 10:39 PM
With Replies Bouldering Wichita for Thanksgiving brandonk 3 Oct 17 2010, 9:09 PM
With Replies Sports climbing in WMWR? miumiumojo 9 Jun 23 2010, 11:19 PM
With Replies Wichita's trails? acorneau 1 Apr 13 2010, 10:40 PM
No Replies Gear found, Upper Mt. Scott acorneau 0 Sep 23 2009, 1:16 AM
With Replies The Meadows LoneCelt 1 Oct 14 2009, 12:41 PM
With Replies Camping at Wichita Mountians urbanpioneer 13 Mar 05 2009, 2:11 AM